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Political Ads & Polling Round Up: October 20
2020 Elections
Political Ads & Polling Round Up: October 20
2020-10-21 00:29:27
by TWN Staff

POLITICAL ADS New Ads Stress Evers’ Response to COVID Tony for Wisconsin announced a six-figure ad buy in media markets across Wisconsin. “Steady Leadership” promotes Gov. Evers’ leadership in tough times, getting support and supplies to families, farmers, and communities... Read More

Political Ads & Polling Round Up: October 6
Polling and Ads
Political Ads & Polling Round Up: October 6
2020-10-06 21:10:00
by TWN Staff

POLITICAL ADS Republicans Point to Corrupt Lobbyists and Billionaires The National Republican Congressional Committee is running a new ad in IL-13 attacking Democrat Betsy Dirksen Londrigan saying her campaign is being funded by corrupt lobbyists. The National Republican Congressional Committee... Read More

Cybercriminals Strike Schools Amid Pandemic
Cybercrime
Cybercriminals Strike Schools Amid Pandemic

WASHINGTON — Just days before the Aug. 3 scheduled start of school, officials at the Athens Independent School District in East Texas received a shock. Cybercriminals had attacked the district’s entire computer network, encrypting all the data and demanding $50,000... Read More

Checking China’s Diplomatic Piracy in the South China Sea
Foreign Affairs
Checking China’s Diplomatic Piracy in the South China Sea
2020-09-18 19:14:08
by Craig Singleton

China appears keen to bring piracy back as an instrument of foreign policy, but the days of eye patches and wooden legs are long gone. Instead, Beijing’s most effective raiding parties prefer business suits and briefcases, thus allowing them to... Read More

Secretary of State Pompeo’s RNC Speech From Israel Shatters Norms, Spurs Investigation
2020 Elections
Secretary of State Pompeo’s RNC Speech From Israel Shatters Norms, Spurs Investigation

WASHINGTON — Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo on Tuesday broke tradition, his own recent departmental guidelines and — according to Democrats — campaign law by addressing the Republican National Convention to endorse President Donald Trump during an official visit... Read More

Why an Anti-Trust Safe Harbor Is the Answer the News Business Needs
Opinions
Why an Anti-Trust Safe Harbor Is the Answer the News Business Needs

News consumption is growing exponentially, but for the past decade, the revenue to news publishers has been on a decline. This is, in large part, because of the unbalanced relationship between news publishers and tech platforms. But that relationship could be... Read More

Likening the Nation Under Trump to a Broken Family, Jill Biden Speaks to the Democratic Convention
Political News
Likening the Nation Under Trump to a Broken Family, Jill Biden Speaks to the Democratic Convention

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden’s wife, Jill, closed out Tuesday night’s session of the Democratic National Convention by likening America to a home that’s been shattered by loss, like the Bidens’ has been. “How do you make a broken family... Read More

Newspapers Suffer Deep Losses as Pandemic Deals Another Blow
Media
Newspapers Suffer Deep Losses as Pandemic Deals Another Blow
2020-08-18 13:22:33
by Tom Ramstack

The New York Daily News put itself on the cutting edge of journalism again last week as it faces down a threat from coronavirus. The newspaper, which has boasted one of the nation’s largest number of readers, closed its newsroom.... Read More

5 Takeaways From the First Night of the Democratic National Convention
2020 Elections
5 Takeaways From the First Night of the Democratic National Convention

Is it really a convention without swarms of delegates in funny hats? Democrats endeavored to find out on Monday, kicking off their four-night nominating convention, an all-virtual affair with only the most tenuous of ties to its host city of... Read More

Trump Says ‘Suburban Housewife’ Will Vote for Him. What Do Polls, 2018 Election Show?
2020 Elections
Trump Says ‘Suburban Housewife’ Will Vote for Him. What Do Polls, 2018 Election Show?

President Donald Trump on Wednesday tweeted that the “suburban housewife” will vote for him in the upcoming election — but polls and past election results tell a different story. “The ‘suburban housewife’ will be voting for me,” the president tweeted.... Read More

National Zoo Says Female Giant Panda May Be Expecting Another Cub
In The News
National Zoo Says Female Giant Panda May Be Expecting Another Cub
2020-08-15 08:48:16
by Gaspard Le Dem

D.C. may have a new furry resident on the way. The National Zoo announced on Friday that its giant female panda, Mei Xiang, appears to be pregnant, and could be giving birth to a new cub over the weekend. After... Read More

US Census Enters Final Stage of Counting With a Shorter Deadline
Census
US Census Enters Final Stage of Counting With a Shorter Deadline
2020-08-14 15:09:51
by Gracie Kreth

WASHINGTON - The US Census Bureau entered its final stage of counting -- moving door-to-door -- with a shorter deadline. This week census takers began knocking on doors around the country in an attempt to count households that haven’t yet... Read More

Pandemic Spurs Surging Confidence in Health Care Systems, Diminished Confidence in Law Enforcement
Opinion Polls
Pandemic Spurs Surging Confidence in Health Care Systems, Diminished Confidence in Law Enforcement
2020-08-14 11:54:12
by Sara Wilkerson

Confidence in two of America’s institutions hit hardest by the COVID-19 pandemic – health care and public education – has risen sharply for Americans since last year, according to a recent Gallup poll measuring America’s confidence in its top institutions. ... Read More

The Democratic National Convention Is Upon Us: Here’s What You Need To Know
2020 Elections
The Democratic National Convention Is Upon Us: Here’s What You Need To Know
2020-08-13 20:07:49
by Gaspard Le Dem

After much deliberation from party leaders, the Democratic National Convention will be happening virtually this year. Rather than the usual all-day programming, speeches will be packed into two-hour televised segments across four nights, from Monday, August 17, to Thursday, August... Read More

Suburban Voters to Play Pivotal Role In 2020 Presidential Election
Voting
Suburban Voters to Play Pivotal Role In 2020 Presidential Election
2020-08-13 19:36:33
by Reece Nations

WASHINGTON - Many variables will contribute to how the 2020 presidential election takes shape, however, there appears to be one undecided factor paramount to a successful campaign — suburban voters.  This was made evident in 2016 when President Donald Trump... Read More

Parents Turn To Homeschooling As Schools Go All-Virtual
Education
Parents Turn To Homeschooling As Schools Go All-Virtual
2020-08-13 15:17:59
by Gaspard Le Dem

Christy Murrell had doubts about the education her teenage son was getting at a public school in Fairfax County, Virginia.  The mother of three, who calls herself “a very hands-on parent,” was struggling to communicate with teachers at Westfield, one... Read More

Opportunity Possible for Trump to Make Supreme Court Solidly Conservative
Supreme Court
Opportunity Possible for Trump to Make Supreme Court Solidly Conservative
2020-08-13 12:07:31
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON - Senate Republicans are preparing for the possibility they and President Donald Trump will have an opportunity to turn the Supreme Court sharply to the conservative right soon. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s recent announcement that she is undergoing treatment... Read More

New COVID-19 Initiative Sets Out to Help Companies Bring Workers Back
Business
New COVID-19 Initiative Sets Out to Help Companies Bring Workers Back
2020-08-11 22:04:18
by Sara Wilkerson

In an effort to help companies bring workers safely back amid the pandemic, a new initiative called the COVID-19 Diagnostics Commons was announced in late July as a collaborative effort between Arizona State University’s College of Health Solutions and the... Read More

Rockefeller Foundation Calls for Reforming US Food System
Food
Rockefeller Foundation Calls for Reforming US Food System
2020-08-11 17:51:39
by Gracie Kreth

NEW YORK - The Rockefeller Foundation has published a paper calling for immediate action to reform the U.S. food system. Amid the pandemic and deep economic downturn the country is facing, food insecurity has escalated, particularly among Black, Indigenous and... Read More

Tear Gas Bans: A Policing Change Not Gaining Traction
Police
Tear Gas Bans: A Policing Change Not Gaining Traction

WASHINGTON — As legislators across the United States propose policing changes, one issue has been a sticking point: bans on police using tear gas against protesters. Dozens of law enforcement agencies have used forms of tear gas on protesters marching... Read More

Senate Uses Pandemic Bill to Fill Accounts Raided For Trump’s Border Wall
Congress
Senate Uses Pandemic Bill to Fill Accounts Raided For Trump’s Border Wall

WASHINGTON — Billions of dollars included in Senate Republicans’ proposed $1 trillion installment of coronavirus emergency relief funding would restore money for military hardware that was redirected to pay for President Donald Trump’s border wall. The Trump administration reprogrammed funding... Read More

Bogus Companies, Fake Congregations, Tax Schemes — Goldstein’s Years of Fraud Revealed
In The News
Bogus Companies, Fake Congregations, Tax Schemes — Goldstein’s Years of Fraud Revealed

SAN DIEGO — The Clarence S. Brooks Foundation is located in a nondescript three-story building on Wilshire Boulevard in Los Angeles that also has a Wells Fargo bank branch and an urgent care center among its tenants. From there, the... Read More

How Your Local Election Clerk Is Fighting Global Disinformation
Voting
How Your Local Election Clerk Is Fighting Global Disinformation

WASHINGTON — Jim Irizarry has seen a dramatic increase in the amount of false and misleading information about voting access coursing through social media lately. The assistant county clerk for San Mateo County, California, and his team have been training... Read More

State Lawmakers Crack Down on Racially Motivated 911 Calls
Law
State Lawmakers Crack Down on Racially Motivated 911 Calls

Oregon state Rep. Janelle Bynum, who is Black, tries to seem nonthreatening when she goes door to door to talk to voters. She chooses her clothes carefully. She stops to take notes on her phone at the end of driveways,... Read More

Pandemic Parties Rage on Across South Florida Despite Growing Coronavirus Crisis
Florida
Pandemic Parties Rage on Across South Florida Despite Growing Coronavirus Crisis

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Pulsing parties in swanky South Beach mansions. Raging raves in Miami warehouses. Backyard bashes in Palm Beach manors where teenagers drink late into the night. South Florida is a world epicenter of coronavirus infections, but some... Read More

How Some Cities Are Shifting Resources and Responsibilities Away From Law Enforcement
Cities
How Some Cities Are Shifting Resources and Responsibilities Away From Law Enforcement

WASHINGTON — Every weekday morning, mental health clinician Carleigh Sailon turns on her police radio in downtown Denver and finds out who she can help next. She, along with a paramedic, jump in a repurposed city van, stripped of its... Read More

Social Media Security Officials Say They’re Ready for 2020 Election
Cities
Social Media Security Officials Say They’re Ready for 2020 Election
2020-06-18 21:00:33
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON - Social media security officials acknowledged to Congress Thursday that they face ongoing threats by foreign governments to influence American society despite their best preventive efforts. They testified to the House Intelligence Committee as it seeks assurances there will... Read More

Barr Threatens Legal Action Against Governors Over Lockdowns
In The News
Barr Threatens Legal Action Against Governors Over Lockdowns

WASHINGTON — The Justice Department will consider taking legal action against governors who continue to impose stringent rules for dealing with the coronavirus that infringe on constitutional rights even after the crisis subsides in their states, Attorney General William Barr... Read More

Nevada Sees Big Turnout for Democratic Caucuses
In The News
Nevada Sees Big Turnout for Democratic Caucuses
2020-02-25 22:48:24
by Dan McCue

A total of 105,195 voters turned out for last weekend's Nevada Democratic caucuses surpassing the 84,000 voters who participated in 2016, the Nevada State Democratic Party said. Despite the big crowd, the numbers fell short of the record 118,000 people... Read More

Bipartisan Policy Center Unveils Options to Strengthen Transparency at the EPA
In The News
Bipartisan Policy Center Unveils Options to Strengthen Transparency at the EPA
2020-02-25 21:17:39
by Kate Michael

WASHINGTON – A new report released by D.C.-based think tank Bipartisan Policy Center hopes to strengthen transparency at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) by suggesting options for growing a culture of data and evidence.  On the cusp of the EPA’s... Read More

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